Philippians 3:19 Description Of The Enemy

Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. Philippians 3:19

The majority of the world live without God. They desire things for themselves with virtually no care or concerns for God or others.

On the outside surface the world appears to be doing well and making it. Everything appears to be going well and that they are successful. Evil men, and those with no regard for God, appear to be able to be in control and are winning the battles.

Paul just mentioned that many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Now he describes them has having a goal of destruction, their selves as god, filled with shame, and their mind only upon earthly things.

When Jesus died upon the cross, it was not for selfish reasons but for others. He set an example of how those who follow Him should live their lives. The majority of the world stands against the cross and Jesus, because both stand against selfishness.

The goal of many is selfishness, which will always lead to destruction of others in order to build one’s self up. They feed on what satisfies them physically, while rejecting their spiritual needs. What the world finds as great and good is actually very shameful. Everything about the world is focused upon earthly, temporary things that will die and fade away.

There are some in the church that are living in that same way as an enemy of Jesus and His church, the believer. They strive to tear down believers with false lies and deception, attempting to destroy what God is building.

The true believer will focus on Jesus, God the Father and heavenly things. He will build others up in Christ, refuse to live in sin, and pull others away from sin.

Each day you live, you have a choice as to how you live. You must choose where your focus is. There are two places to put your focus on: the temporary, earthly things or on the eternal things of God and heaven.

If you choose to look at things and live as the world does, you will be an enemy of the cross of Christ. Rather choose to live for God. Live to have eternal life and bring as many others as possible with you into that eternal life with God.

Do not be an enemy of the cross of Christ inside the church.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that your mind will be set upon the things of Christ; that your goal will be to serve God; that your glory will be found in Jesus; and that you will be His witness to all on this earth.

Romans 10:11 You Will Not Be Put To Shame

As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” Romans 10:11

Shame is something that no one wants to have in their lives. They want to know that what they are doing is right in the end. They also want to know that what others they trust in are also doing the right thing.

It is common to hear of parents that are ashamed of what their children are doing. Or children who are ashamed of what their parents are doing. People are often ashamed of what others they know are doing.

Paul quotes from Isaiah 28:16, that anyone who has believes in God will not be put to shame.

Shame usually comes in one of two ways. Either the person, himself, does something wrong or someone who a person knows and loves does something wrong.

Some fear caring about or loving someone closely, because they know the person will do something wrong and bring shame upon them. The hardest part is that the greatest shame often comes from those one loves and cares about, not the enemy. In knowing this, many will not get close to others to prevent shame.

In the same way, many people fear being shamed by God. God is not in the business of calling out a person in public to shame the person. He speaks quietly in the heart to a person. His desire is to change the person from the inside out. He will reveal personal sin the person himself, not to the world, unless required because of rebellion or ignoring.

Knowing that God loves a person and is gentle, can give a person a peace of mind, knowing that he will never be shamed by God. Believing in Jesus will result in salvation, not later in condemnation. God has great love and mercy upon every person.

In your life, there have been times you have messed up on God and brought Him shame. You may fear that God will expose you and shame you. Or that you will lose your salvation.

God will not expose you, unless you continue to rebel against Him. And the only way to lose your salvation is for you to give it up and reject it.

God will never bring shame upon. You can trust in His great love and mercy upon you. The world may try to shame you, but God will not.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know you can trust in God; that you will have peace in trusting in God; and that you will never be ashamed of God.

Luke 9:26 Are You Ashamed?

Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. Luke 9:26

It is common for people to be embarrassed by other people that they know. A family member does something crazy in public or completely wrong and the rest of the family members are ashamed of him.

The actions can be done in fun or by accident, but are seen as not good. Others cannot believe that it was done and don’t want to be seen with that person.

Jesus stated that if anyone would be ashamed of Him or His words, He would be ashamed of them when He returns.

While many people will quietly claim to believe in Jesus, many will not openly talk about it. Their belief is often seen as something private, only for behind closed doors. The reason for this is that believing in Jesus goes against the norm of society. The things Jesus teaches goes against the world’s philosophy.

Every person who truly follows Jesus will be very different from the world. They will stand out in a crowd of people, because they do not act and talk like the world. Most people do not like to stand out, so they will hide in shame of what Jesus teaches. They will be ashamed of God’s word.

Despite what the world thinks, God’s word is true and Jesus is the only way to the Father. Jesus and His followers will be different and set apart from this world.

Any one who is ashamed of Him and His word, does not truly trust Him and is not following Him. Believers must be willing to be open about their faith and let the world know about Jesus.

As a believer you must know what you really believe and stand upon it. Do not allow the world’s ways of thinking to cause you to back down and be ashamed for what you believe. Do not be ashamed of the truth that the world is quickly rejecting.

When you choose to hide your belief in Jesus, you are being ashamed of Him. You are not being like Jesus, being bold in your witness. If you are ashamed of Him now, you are really saying that you are not really following Him. Then He will be ashamed of you later.

Don’t be ashamed of Jesus. Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live your life for Jesus everyday; that you will be bold in your witness of Jesus; and that you will not be ashamed to be known as His follower.